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True Grit (1969)

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

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The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net> [edited]

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21 June 1969 (Japan)  »

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$14,250,000 (USA)
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In 1968, John Wayne was a judge on "Your All-American College Show," a syndicated talent show for young college students. Singer Karen Carpenter, along with her brother Richard Carpenter, who had not yet struck gold as the recording duo "The Carpenters," were competing on the show that week as "The Dick Carpenter Trio." Wayne was so impressed with Karen Carpenter's effervescent personality that he wanted her for the role of Mattie. However, according to Carpenter's family, the film's producers wanted to go with a name actress, and not a singer who, at the time, was virtually unknown. See more »

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Kim Darby's hairstyle is from the 1960s. See more »

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[first lines]
Frank Ross: Little Frank... You take care of your mama.
Little Frank: I will.
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Amazing Grace
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Lyrics by John Newton and music by William Walker
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19 May 2006 | by (The U.P.) – See all my reviews

I have grown up watching this movie, and must have seen it 50 times. This is my mother's favorite movie and most members of my family can recite this movie line for line. The quotes from this movie go into every day conversation among my aunts and uncles almost every time I see them. "I've got some more horse trading to do" or "Baby Sister" or "we ain't got no lemonade neither" have been heard a few times Every time I watch this it gets better, I have seen most of John Wayne's movies and this is by far the best. I've never read the book, I usually find books better than the actual movies, I wouldn't want to find out that the movie and book don't follow each other. Please, no one ever remake this movie, I can't imagine a better version!


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